By Jonathan Goldberg
The identify of this booklet interprets one of many some ways during which Lucretius names the elemental topic from which the realm is made in De rerum natura. In Lucretius, and within the pressure of suggestion during this learn, topic is often in movement, constantly differing from itself and but regularly additionally made up of an analogous stuff. From the pious Lucy Hutchinson's all yet entire translation of the Roman epic poem to Margaret Cavendish's repudiation of atomism (but no longer of its basic frustrating of sameness and difference), a valuable problem of this booklet ishow a thoroughgoing materialism should be learn along different lines within the considered the early sleek interval, rather Christianity.A bankruptcy strikes from Milton's monism to his angels and their insistent corporeality. Milton's angels have intercourse, and, all through, this examine emphasizes the results for pondering sexuality provided via Lucretian materialism. Sameness of subject isn't really easily a question of same-sex intercourse, and the relatives of atoms in Cavendish and Hutchinson are replicated within the phrases during which they think marriages of companions who're additionally their doubles. Likewise, Spenser's knights within the 1590 Faerie Queene pursue the virtues of Holiness, Temperance, and Chastity in quests that take the reader on a course of askesis of the type that Lucretiusrecommends and that Foucault studied within the ultimate volumes of his historical past of sexuality.Although English literature is the book's major crisis, it first contemplates kinfolk among Lucretian subject and Pauline flesh in terms of Tintoretto's portray The Conversion of St. Paul. Theoretical concerns raised within the paintings of Agamben and Badiou, between others, bring about a bankruptcy that takes up the position that Lucretius has performed in concept, from Bergson and Marx to Foucault and Deleuze.This research might be of shock to scholars of faith, philosophy, gender, and sexuality, specially as they impinge on questions of representation.
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